In this single episode of a BBC programme, Philip Ball reveals the tale of Kepler’s small booklet ‘On The Six-Cornered Snowflake”. The 17th-century astronomer wished to explain the intricate and symmetrical shape of winter’s tiny stars of snow.
Imagine what Kepler himself would have thought about the excitement and knowledge he and Pythagoras inspired regarding the cosmic music created by the moving bodies in the solar system and beyond. Have you ever wondered what the sounds of the stars would sound like – if only there was a medium for sound to travel […]
For years, scientists have tracked charged particles as they zoom through the cosmos, using deep space probes to measure the particles’ paths and mapping algorithms to translate the data into musical scores. Now a team of space-music buffs have premiered a new composition to celebrate one of NASA’s most ambitious missions using measurements from mankind’s […]
In this 4 part audio series about the discovery and nature of Mars’ orbit by Dr. Todd Young. In the concluding episode we hear about how Johannes Kepler’s contribution to the motion of Mars arguably sparked the origin of modern astronomy and science. Listen to all 4 episodes – The Motion of Mars The first […]
In 1611, Kepler proposed that the closest sphere packing has a maximum density of pi/(3sqrt(2)) approx 74%), this became known as Kepler conjecture. Sure Buckminster Fuller (1975) claimed to have a proof, but…
Listen to BBC Radio 4 ‘in our time’ broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler with David Wootton (Professor of History at the University of York), Ulinka Rublack (Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College) and Adam Mosley (Associate Professor in the Department […]
Hear a middle school student, Thomas Covington, interview a Johannes Kepler about his early years and his schooling in Weil der Stadt. New Kepler also discusses the current astronomical beliefs of 1590 and 1605 for the Year of Astronomy website.
In 1611, Kepler proposed that the closest sphere packing has a maximum density of pi/(3sqrt(2)) approx 74%). This assertion is known as the Kepler conjecture Listen to Simon Singh describe it in this BBC Radio 4 program.